Watching Michigan State Government
Tracking votes that are of concern for responsible government issues in Michigan
The Michigan Tea Party Scorecard is endorsed by these fine groups
website is a public service of Independents for Responsible Government
of Clarkston Michigan.
Legislature Notables - Winners and Losers in Lansing
2012 Major Accomplishments were impressive and can be reviewed the 2012 summary page, along with some actions and individuals who earned some well deserved criticism.
2013 is a new year with a new session and the legislator scores restart at zero. Due to the small number of in- scope votes during the first quarter, the scorecard will not be updated until the end of the second quarter. Some of the key issues and votes that we will be tracking and scoring are noted below.
We continue our focus on fiscal responsiblity, smaller government and private sector job growth. Within those broad goals we will be tracking legislation dealing with Obamacare implementation, corporate welfare, education, and maintaining Freedom to Work. Of course reducing wasteful spending of any type to minimize the tax burden on all taxpayers is always being tracked.
Health care improvements unfortunately often means finding the least harmful choice among those imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The two major choices concern the state health care exchange and the expansion of Medicaid. Both have the potential of significantly increasing costs while doing little or nothing to actually improve health care services in Michigan. We have little opportunity to impact the exchange, but have much more control over the Medicaid expansion. We strongly support:
improvements are a goal we strongly support, but only after a thorough
search for existing sources of funding and redirecting funds for less
important purposes to the highway improvement project. We are confident
that the highway funding can be achieved with no new taxes. Two questions
Welfare is a great place to look for funds to reallocate. This
long standing practice of passing out taxpayer money to politically favored
corporations can and should be stopped. Good highways are actually something
public funds should be used for. Sports stadiums, gifts to movie
studios, and gifts to battery companies are not. No representative
can honestly claim that new taxes are needed for basic services such as
highways while supporting millions in gifts to politically favored companies
To Sen. Mike Kowall for sponsoring SB269 that attempts to make permanent the $75M funding for Jennifer Granholm's invention called the 21st Century Job Fund - which is another term for passing out taxpayer dollars to politically favored corporations
Education is vitally important to all individuals in Michigan, and improving education for those currently trapped in underperforming schools is especially important. There are many improvements that can be made without increasing funding, and many opportunities to ensure current funding is spent more wisely.
Maintaining the postive momentum of Freedom to Work will attract new industry and create new jobs and every effort must be made to ensure this historic step continues.
The scorecard will be updated quarterly, beginning with the 2nd quarter of 2013 once there are enough in-scope votes of consequence to score. This page is updated as especially good -or bad- actions on key issues require special attention.
Tea Party Scorecard
Since there were so few votes during the first quarter that will be scored and most of them were relatively minor, we will not publish a scorecard until the end of the 2nd quarter.
The Michigan Tea Party Scorecard is not the typical legislative scorecard. The intent is to differentiate among legislators on the core issues of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and private sector job growth. To that end, we only include votes that are relevant to those issues, and exclude most straight party line votes.
The interactive scorecard was developed by I4RG using tools and data available at the Mackinac Center MichiganVotes site. It is updated quarterly. For comments or questions, contact scorecard@I4RG.com
Special focus scorecard on corporate welfare
While Tom Mcmillin and Dave Agema scored 91%, the overwhelming majorities in both houses scored very poorly. 84% of the senate and 87% of the house scored below 30% click here to view this special focus subset of the Michigan Responsible Government Scorecard
Results from release 5, published 1/20/2013, covering all of 2011 and 2012